State: No-go on test drive

By Bob Stuart

Published: March 12, 2010

Virginia won’t jump onboard a push for national K-12 standards if it means dumping the state’s standardized test, the governor and other state officials said.

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers on Wednesday released a draft proposal of the standards, aimed in part at repairing what some educators consider flaws in the federal No Child Left Behind program. {Read more here}

A STATEMENT FROM THE GOVERNOR — March 10, 2010

Saint Paul – The following is a statement from Governor Tim Pawlenty regarding the draft K-12 education standards of the Common Core State Standards Initiative released today by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association.

“The math portion of the draft K-12 education standards unveiled today would water down Minnesota’s rigorous standards that require students to take algebra by eighth grade. In a hypercompetitive world, Minnesota should not adopt less rigorous standards than we currently have in place.”

Panel Releases Proposal to Set U.S. Education Standards

By SAM DILLON

A panel of educators convened by the nation’s governors and state school superintendents proposed a uniform set of academic standards on Wednesday, laying out their vision for what all the nation’s public school children should learn in math and English, year by year, from kindergarten to high school graduation.

The new proposals could transform American education, replacing the patchwork of standards ranging from mediocre to world-class that have been written by local educators in every state. {Read more here}

Governors, state school superintendents propose common academic standards

By Nick Anderson

Wednesday, March 10, 2010; 3:43 PM

Several states are poised to adopt standards proposed Wednesday for what students should learn in English and math, a crucial step in President Obama’s campaign to raise academic expectations across the country.

State boards of education are moving rapidly to take up the common-standards proposal made by governors and schools chiefs, the leader of a national association said, with many in the South eager to act within the next several months. Maryland’s board is among them, but Virginia’s is a notable exception. {Read more here}

Obama wants to lower the bar at schools

The Orange County Register

By LANCE T. IZUMI

Despite the recent news that California wasn’t chosen by the Obama administration as a finalist state for the $4 billion Race to the Top education-funding program, with its required adherence to new national standards in English and math, the state will still be forced to dance to the president’s nationalizing tune.

President Barack Obama is using a double hammer against the states to adopt the common, i.e. national, standards being developed by the National Governors Association and the nation’s chief state school officers. First, under RTTT, states had to agree to adopt the national standards if they wanted to compete for these funds. While only a handful of states were chosen as RTTT finalists, states that applied to compete, including California and most others, had to commit to the national standards. {Read more here|

Education standards fall short

The Lowell Sun

By Ze’ev Wurman and Sandra Stotsky

Updated: 03/15/2010 09:55:31 AM EDT

It began as an admirable idea. Develop a set of national K-12 English and math standards states could sign on to voluntarily to help reduce race- and class-based achievement gaps, ensure high standards for all public school students and help make the United States more competitive in the global economy.

But just a year later, national standards are looking far less admirable. President Obama just announced that signing on to once-voluntary standards would be a condition for receipt of federal funding, even though the standards aren’t even complete and recent drafts are woefully deficient. {Read more here}

State firm on school quality

By James Vaznis, Globe Staff | March 15, 2010

The Patrick administration will not adopt national academic standards if they are lower than those established in Massachusetts, long championed as having among the most rigorous expectations, according to the state’s education secretary.

The proposed national standards, released last week, outline which English and math material should be taught at each grade level in the nation’s schools, as the Obama administration tries to prepare a future workforce to compete aggressively in a global economy. {Read more here}